TheBrowser Adware

Also Known As: TheBrowser ads
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

TheBrowser removal instructions

What is TheBrowser?

TheBrowser is a dubious application claiming to be a legitimate web browser. It is identical to previously-discovered adware named BoBrowser and BrowserAir. This app may appear identical to other regular Internet browsers, however, due to its behavior, TheBrowser is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Firstly, it infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Secondly, it tracks Internet browsing activity and delivers intrusive online advertisements.

TheBrowser adware

Research shows that TheBrowser gathers IP addresses, Internet service provider (ISP), web browser type and browsing details (URLs visited, search queries, pages viewed, cookies, etc.), and other browsing-related data. Many users believe that this data is insignificant, however, it will contain personally identifiable details that the developers of TheBrowser share with cooperating third party companies. These companies can misuse personal information to generate revenue and, therefore, TheBrowser poses a direct threat to your privacy - having an information tracking app installed can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Furthermore, TheBrowser employs a 'virtual layer' to generate various advertisements that significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited web page - displaying ads, which conceal underlying website content. Furthermore, some generated ads redirect to bogus sites containing infectious content - clicking them is risky and may cause further adware or malware infections. You are strongly advised to uninstall TheBrowser adware immediately.

TheBrowser Privacy Policy regarding data tracking:

TheBrowser may use certain trusted third party companies and individuals to help it provide, analyze and improve the Website and Browser (including but not limited to data storage, maintenance services, database management, web analytics, information processing and improvement of the Website's features and services. These third parties may have access to your information only for purposes of performing these tasks on behalf of TheBrowser and under obligations similar to those in this Policy.

TheBrowser is not the only application giving fake promises to trick users to install. There are hundreds of other PUPs with identical behavior. As with TheBrowser, apps such as FlashBeat, Wooden Seal, LolliScan, and Middle Rush also claim to provide useful features. None provide any real value for users. Adware-type programs are designed to generate revenue for the developers - they merely generate intrusive online advertisements and track personally identifiable information.

How did TheBrowser install on my computer?

As mentioned previously, TheBrowser is mostly distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. This allows developers to install their bogus apps without users' consent. Many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing programs and, therefore, developers conceal applications such as TheBrowser within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Unaware of this, users often rush these processes and skip most/all steps, thereby inadvertently installing potentially unwanted programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

You can prevent installation of adware-type programs by following each step of the software download and installation processes. Always perform them using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical'. This will reveal any bundled programs listed for download/installation and allow you to opt-out. Third party apps are often rogue and should never be installed.

Deceptive free software installers used in TheBrowser adware distribution:

thebrowser adware installer sample 5 thebrowser adware installer sample 4 thebrowser adware installer sample 3 thebrowser adware installer sample 2 Official TheBrowser adware installation setup

Screenshot of TheBrowser application:

Deceptive adware-type application TheBrowser

TheBrowser adware desktop search bar redirecting to the www-mysearch.com website:

Dubious TheBrowser desktop search bar

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Quick menu:

TheBrowser adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

TheBrowser adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "TheBrowser", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes TheBrowser ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove TheBrowser adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, TheBrowser did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing TheBrowser ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing TheBrowser ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the thebrowser ads, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing TheBrowser  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing TheBrowser ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the thebrowser ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing TheBrowser ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing TheBrowser ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with thebrowser ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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